Thursday, 10 March 2016

Projects of smart city

Smart city solutions are being adopted in cities globally around a rage of sorts. The project is followed vociferously with deemed status in many countries. Following examples would give a glimpse of the stretch of progress made,

1.      Copenhagen is leading green city, has lowest carbon footprints in world, and is in talks with MIT for a smart bike,  
2.      Amsterdam, is a leading smart city, public private partnership based mobility solutions and smart parking to development of home energy storage for integration to smart grid and 40 smart city projects completed.
3.      Vienna has large range of smart city activities, planning department, 100 smart city projects, electric mobility solutions with 440 stations and smart media.
4.      Barcelona is a smart city with e-mobility, bike sharing project with 6000 bikes, sensors for traffic congestion and waste management. Barcelona’s 22@ innovation district is also an impressive mix of smart urban planning and entrepreneurial innovation.  
5.      Paris has Eiffel tower and pioneer in smart city arena. 20,000 bikes network led to decongestion of vehicles, entrepreneurial ecosystem which is 11th best in world.
6.      Stockholm has 40% of land mass dedicated to green space, working on carbon neutrality by 2050, first in commitment to data privacy and security for citizens.
All the above cities in world have been at smart city projects for more than few decades and there has been a lot of growth in the cities becoming modern. The smart city has been professed as a major breakthrough of century and the guidance for this is keenly being assessed. In India the development of projects in smart water, smart electricity, smart transport, smart waste management amongst others has been going in their true nature. Many cities experience better environmental benefits to success in delivering cost effective public service in their countries as research into smart city innovation gets attention and demands. The channel development of smart cities is overall expected to materialize for 40 cities out of 100 which were earlier envisaged. This is so as many cities governance and progress is stalled for funds, management and direction from analysis of field reports. There is need for public private partnership but at the moment there is less opportunity as the design of smart city projects is not readily providing results and takes time. Probably there would be better assimilation of data and resources with cities before venturing into smart city projects for best results in future. The smart city projects application to cities in India is awaited with bated breath.


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